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10:55 AM ET, August 18, 2006

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Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo.
Discussion: IP Democracy and TechBlog
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Business Wire:
EchoStar Asks Federal Court to Stay Texas Injunction  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) issued the following statement regarding recent developments in the Tivo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. lawsuit:
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Wins Permanent Injunction Against EchoStar (And Cash)
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire and Slashdot
BBC:
Boeing exits in-flight broadband  —  Boeing is scrapping its in-flight high speed broadband service because of lack of interest from leading airlines.  —  The discontinuation of its Connexion service will cost the plane maker $320m (£169m) in one-off charges.
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International Herald Tribune:
Boeing: In-flight Internet didn't fly on low demand  —  PARIS Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky, or perhaps the business plan that just couldn't fly.  —  Boeing on Thursday scrapped its in- flight Internet service, saying there was insufficient demand.  —  Don't tell that to the customers.
Discussion: Ed Brill and InfoWorld Tech Watch
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network  —  Jeff Burkett at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive blogs that the WashingtonPost has launched a brand new program that helps marketers find blogs to advertise on.  It's called the Sponsored Blogroll.  —  Basically, the way this works …
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Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the washingtonpost.com homepage that promotes bloggers who are participating in a partnership with the advertising team of WPNI.  If you are a blogger or blog network looking to expand your readership and advertising …
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
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Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
What is NotforNoobs.com?  —  It looks like a new [Microsoft] viral site is up at www.notfornoobs.com.  I snagged a screenshot of the "secret symbol" that shows up, a logo for the Razer brand of peripherals.  I have to admit, it's not the best I've seen- putting Microsoft logos into teaser programs is a no-no in my opinion.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google's Writely released; will another sector be squashed?  —  Online ajax-rich word processor Writely began accepting new accounts today after closing registration when the company was acquired by Google in March.  A number of startups who used to compete with Writely will now have to challenge Google.
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Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate  —  The Wall Street Journal got hold of a secret Cable Labs report, that essentially says that CableCos will not be able to withstand a bandwidth challenge from Verizon's fiber network.  They will have to spend money to upgrade and keep up with fiber.
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Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:   The Cablecos are Waking Up to Reality
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I don't write about video games  —  My brother, Alex, writes for Computer World.  Now, you'd think that his obscure little blog would be safe from 14-year-olds everywhere.  But, he posted his thoughts about Xbox vs. Play Station 3 and the kiddies show up and start bashing him.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts
anandtech.com:
Search AnandTech  —  Apple's Mac Pro - A True PowerMac Successor  —  It's here, it's quiet and it's fast; we got our Mac Pro on Friday and spent every day since taking it apart, using it and benchmarking it.  There's far too much to include in one review, so we're breaking it up into three parts.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Hardware Announcements at WWDC 2006
Discussion: MacUser, TechSpot and digg
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views  —  The MPAA seems to be employing tried-and-true political campaign tactics to sway public opinion of piracy and file sharing toward its own worldview.  A few weeks ago, the association announced MyMovieMuse.com, a research forum …
Discussion: Techdirt
Darren Murph / Engadget:
DigiGear unveils EZ3D Photo Print picture frame  —  While anything remotely related to 3D always has to be inspected further before taking it seriously, the gimmicky optical illusion that adds depth to an otherwise flat object has suckered people in for years.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
 
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